FILE PHOTO: Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut gets to the 10th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Macau June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it has banned leading Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, understood for her ardent support of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing her of violating its rules on hateful conduct and abusive behaviour.
Ranaut provided a tweet on Monday in which she prompted Modi to resort to gangster methods to “tame” West Bengals primary Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose regional celebration defeated Modis Hindu nationalists in elections over the weekend to keep control of the state government in Kolkata.
Following the election, Banerjees celebration was implicated of violent attacks on its defeated opponents, which it rejects.
Verifying that Ranauts account had actually been suspended, Twitter discussed its policy.
” Weve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behaviour that has the prospective to lead to offline harm.
” The referenced account has been completely suspended for repeated offenses of Twitter Rules particularly our Hateful Conduct policy and Abusive Behaviour policy.”
Ranaut, a winner of numerous national movie awards, railed against Twitters action in a declaration.
” Twitter has only proved my point. They are Americans, and by birth a white person feels entitled to enslave a brown individual. They wish to tell you what to think, speak or do, fortunately I have numerous platforms I can use to raise my voice, including my own art in the type of cinema but my heart goes out to individuals of this nation who have been tortured, enslaved and censored for countless years and still their is no end to the suffering,” she said.
Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore